Bronze medal for Davies

Beaming Erraid Davies has captured the hearts of the nation after winning bronze in the Commonwealth Games.

Davies, 13, scraped another half second off her personal best to claim bronze in the Women’s Para-Sport category SB9 and on emerging from the pool was interviewed live on BBC television.

“I’m really, really happy,” the 13-year-old told Sharron Davies. Asked whether she had been spurred on by the backing of the home crowd the young star said: “Kind of, I could hear them in the last 25 [metres] so I just hammered it.”

She certainly did that – at the half way point Davies was a fair distance behind but she powered through the pool to become the youngest ever Scottish Commonwealth Games medallist. She finished in a time of 1 min 21.08 secs.

After the achievement Davies’ name was trending worldwide on Twitter as sports fans reacted to the superb performance.

“She’s going to be a star,” said Olympic medallist Rebecca Adlington.

More than 100 people have congratualted Erraid on The Shetland Times Facebook page – join those praising the young swimmer, click here.

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  • Morag Redfern

    • July 27th, 2014 21:02

    Erraid Davie is an inspiration to all Scots. An outstanding achievement for anyone – an unbelievable achievement for such a young woman. A true wee Northern light.

  • Harry Dent

    • July 27th, 2014 21:11

    Fantastic achievement!

  • Andy McKinna (Swindon)

    • July 27th, 2014 21:12

    Congratulations to Erraid – what a truly inspirational wee lass, and what a stunning smile. Wonderful!

  • Rachel Buchan

    • July 27th, 2014 22:00

    Well done!

  • james stuart

    • July 28th, 2014 4:12

    Scotland swimming squad,a hidden secret,stunning commonwealth games,Erraid Davies bronze is icing on the cake

  • joe johnson

    • July 28th, 2014 8:30

    Congratulations, well done! You have made both Shetland and Scotland proud.

  • Robert Sim

    • July 28th, 2014 10:14

    We’ll done, Erraid! What a fantastic achievement and well done also to your family and Shetland coach!


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